Haiti: Groups Say Number of Cholera Cases Dropping
Trenton Daniel of the Associated Press is reporting that there has been a steady decline in the number of cholera cases in Haiti as the Caribbean nation settles into its dry season, humanitarian groups said Tuesday. Daniel reports:
The number of cholera cases has dropped to an average of 10 to 20 cases a day in two separate treatment centers in the crowded capital of Port-au-Prince compared to a bump of an average of 30 to 40 cases a day a month ago, said Dr. Wendy Lai, a medical coordinator for Doctors Without Borders Holland.
The current figures are close to an earlier low of nine to 15 cases seen at its treatment centers in July, Lai said.
"We're pretty close to the low as we've ever been," she said by telephone.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs released a report supporting the findings of Doctors Without Borders. The U.N. report added that fatality rates continue to drop or have stabilized in almost all of Haiti's 10 departments, with the exception of the Southeast, where it jumped from 2.2 percent in January to 2.4 percent in November.
Hopefully, this dry season will continue to help keep the number of cases of cholera low in the hard-hit country. Haiti is long overdue for some good news and good luck.
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